We are so excited to help you plan your celebration of Holy Matrimony in the Catholic Church. Here are some of the basic steps:
- Contact the parish office before you set your wedding date and at least 9 months prior to your desired date.* E-mail here or call (480) 948-8370.
- Meet with a priest or deacon at Blessed Sacrament.
- Complete all the steps for marriage preparation required by the Diocese of Phoenix (listed here on the Diocesan website).
- Meet with your parish wedding coordinator (who will be assigned to you by Blessed Sacrament) to solidify all of the details for your wedding day!
*Wow, 9 months seems like a long time! Why does it take so long?
A: A portion of preparation is done at the parish level and a portion is done at the diocesan level. This time is to allow for a thorough preparation for the Sacrament. This flows from the Church’s deep respect for the dignity and mission of the laity in marriage. Because the Church values marriage so highly, she invites those entering marriage to more fully understand the sacred relationship they are entering into and to adequately prepare for it.